I had been hunting for new hardware for an antique children's desk that I found. A DIY by Sally Schneider of An Improvised Life led me to a place that I would have never imagined... the closet.
What You Need
Unscrew original hardware and measure the length between the original holes (add enough space for overlap).
2. Cut strips of the belt. I cut thin strips for my project. You can go as wide as the original size depending on the size of your cabinet or drawer.
3. Place the leather strip over the original holes, centering and overlapping. Nail each side down.
4. If your nails are longer than your cabinet or drawer, you will need to hammer to bend the ends down.
Note: Sally Schneider recommended using nails the size of the cabinet. She also noted that longer nails could be used and bent to make them even more secure. I used regular nails that I had in the tool drawer.
5. Place a piece of duct tape over the bent nails. I wanted to protect my daughter from getting snagged on anything sharp. I figure duct tape will do the trick.
That's it! It's an easy project with a surprising result. Common nails paired with a used belt create a beautifully natural look. Sally Schneider says they get better with age and wear. I can't wait for my daughter to break them in!
(Desk Images: Rikkianne Van Kirk; Cabinet Image #2: Sally Schneider, used with permission)